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Fri
Sep 22
6:30pm11:00pm
Forum Court / University of Michigan Museum of Art
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Nights at the Museum | US Premiere Screening: Einstein on the Beach

An Opera in Four Acts by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass
with choreography by Lucinda Childs
Widely credited as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, this rarely performed and revolutionary work launched director Robert Wilson and composer Philip Glass to international success when it was first produced in Avignon, France in 1976 with subsequent performances in Europe and at the Metropolitan Opera. It is still recognized as one of their greatest masterpieces. Nearly four decades after it was first performed, a reconstructed production of Einstein on the Beach was co-commissioned by UMS (January 2012) for a major international tour including the first North American presentations ever held outside of New York City. This new HD recording captures the 2012 reconstruction.
Einstein on the Beach breaks all of the rules of conventional opera. Instead of a traditional orchestral arrangement, Glass composed for the synthesizers, woodwinds, and voices of the Philip Glass Ensemble. Non-narrative in form, the work uses a series of powerful recurrent images as its main dramatic device, shown in juxtaposition with abstract dance sequences created by American choreographer Lucinda Childs.

Nights at the Museum is presented in partnership with the University Musical Society, the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office, School of Music, Theatre & Dance and Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, the Ann Arbor District Library, and the Neutral Zone.